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The Surprising Adventure of…

I don’t have to look far to find adventure with my two kids, 3 and 1 years old, it’s there whether I like it or not.

Adventure is defined as an unusual and exciting or daring experience. And that basically sums up motherhood to me!

There are always unusual happenings. Water on the floor, poop in hands, apples cores being thrown across the room, toys being launched downstairs, my couch pillows stuffed into small spaces, mysterious stains appearing on all household items and clothing, and bizarre bumps and bruises continually appearing.

There is never a dull moment. There is excitement morning ’til night. {I can’t keep up!} To my chidren, every part of life is opportunity for wonder and reason to jump and smile. Whether it’s going for a walk or making cookies, finding a bug or reading a book, looking at the moon or going down the slide, everything, everything is exciting!

Indeed it is a daring experience for all of us. Children have a boldness about life that I wish I had. They live every moment full of energy and enthusiasm. They are not driven by fear but a confident curiosity. It’s a daring experience for me because I am not in control. As a parent I’d like to think I am, but ultimately I cannot watch there every move and hover over them at all hours of the day for the rest of their lives. I love them fiercely and at the same time I am already learning how to give them grace and let them go discover the world (and ofcourse pray alot!).

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However, some days I don’t see adventure. I see reasons for anger. Rather than delighting in their constant curiosity, I throw a damper on their enthusiastic explorations.

I easily forget to choose the adventure found in loving people, particularly my sweet David and Zoe.

Instead of embracing these early mothering years as an opportunity to draw me closer to an adventure with God, I think about how many years are left until I get my freedom back. Not realizing that freedom doesn’t come after my kids move out, it starts now, in the midst of playing blocks on the living room floor or singing them to sleep. 

 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.  For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.  Galatians 5:13

If there is one thing an adventurer craves, it is freedom. The great, wide open spaces, unseen beauty waiting to be discovered, all of it beckons them to trek onward into the unknown.

And so it is with us. We are all adventurers at heart. 

We need not feel trapped in the mundane of life or let our routines and job hold us captive. 

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Our freedom is found through the doorway of love. God says, there are no limits on love. Love is vast and wide and deep. Love is a real adventure! 

Whether it’s loving a stranger or loving our spouse or children, when we say YES to loving people, we find that adventure isn’t somewhere, but right in our midst. Love is full of emotions, mystery, and it’s always a risk.

Although it seems sacrificial and selfless, those who walk daily in the adventure of loving people, gain freedom, wholeness, and joy. 

"Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 I can think of no better way to wrap up our 40 days of adventure with God series than making a new commitment to live generously & love simply...keeping an open house and open heart Friends, if you are looking for real adventure it is not out there...it starts HERE! What us one small way you can open up your life or home today? #40daysofadventurewithgod

Just give some of these a try this week…

–Welcome people into your heart by being refreshingly honest and real when you are together.

–Open your home, making space at the table and extra food on the stove.

Offer encouragement and smiles as you go about your daily errands- stop and notice people.

Listen intently to someone’s story long enough to hear how they are really doing.

Spend some of your creative energy on finding ways to love people well – be it your closest family and friends to the random strangers that walk in and out of your daily life.

We need not look too far or spend too much money for an adventure…the faces of those around us take our wanderlust hearts on a wild adventure beyond ourselves!

 

What is one way you embrace the adventure of loving people today?


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Tomorrow October 1st the new Art of Adventure Journal series releases!

There are three new journals, each one representing a different adventure we are invited into with God. Today I am highlighting The Adventure of Loving People journal. It is my prayer that through this guided journal, filled with creative questions and prompts, you will love extravagantly, give generously, and find the joy of opening up your heart and home to people. Sometimes I make adventure too complicated, my life feels boring and mundane, and I wonder if I’m really doing anything that matters, but then God reminds me that the greatest (most challenging!) adventure is loving the hearts of those in my midst. Perhaps your love has gotten comfortable and safe, we all need Jesus to reignite us with His heart to love and simply BE with people.

Here’s a sneak peek inside The Adventure of Loving People Journal!!

The other two Art of Adventure Journals in the series are…

The Adventure of Abiding with Jesus

The Adventure of Exploring the Unknown